Jumpstart Your Day: Woman Transforms Old Bank into a Cozy, Luxurious Home

It has a unique bar and a sauna, too!


Over the years, we've seen heritage sites restored to its former glory, ancestral homes turned into modern spaces, and old buildings being reused for other purposes like housing. These practices somehow preserve history, while giving each space a new twist and meaning. But have you ever imagined turning a bank into a home? It may strike others as an out-of-this-world idea, but for homeowner Cathy Calhoun, it meant coming home to a place that holds a special place in her heart.

Sources: DamnBored.TV and CNN Money.

Built in 1872, the National Bank of Spring City in Pennsylvania closed after over a century of operations in 1989. It was put up for auction, including all its contents, and Calhoun, who used to work there as a teller gladly put in a bid worth $52,000 (around P2.5M) and won.

When she bought the property, everything was still intact—from the vaults and safety deposit boxes, to the teller booths and tons of paperwork.

Calhoun tried to preserve as much of the bank as possible when she remodeled it but she wanted to make it livable and worked on a layout.

She improved the space one room at a time and made changes including adding a half circle to somehow break the monotony of the stark and square space. The said half circle houses the dining area.

Calhoun's bedroom used to be the boardroom. It now features a posh and sophisticated feel that's inviting after a long day outside.

Aside from the cozy nooks and classic touches found all over the home, we also loved how the owner transformed the huge vault into a bar—complete with glasses, decor, and drinks. A short hallway was decorated with bank memorabilia that she refused to throw away.

The best part about this house? The basement was turned into a sauna—for days when the owner simply wants to relax and unwind. Discover more about this inspiring transformation and watch the video below:

All photos: Screenshots from Youtube.

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